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Happy Valley Among Highest Rated Communities in America

State College has a long history of being rated as one of the best communities in America. In 1988 Psychology Today magazine called State College the least stressed place in the country. In 2011 National Geographic named State College an “Adventure Town” owing to the variety of activities locals have access to. In 2017 State College was named the second best city in america for tech startups without the downsides of Silicon Valley.

In 2018 alone State College was named one of the top 15 U.S. cities for entrepreneurs, a top 15 U.S. city for new graduates and one of the hottest markets for millennial. Here’s some of State College’s more notable rankings.


Best Small Places for Business and Careers—State College (Forbes, 2018)

The Best Affordable College Towns for Recent Grads—and Everyone Else (Realtor, 2018)

Top 100 Best Places to Live—State College (Livability, 2018)

State College Named One of the Hottest Markets for Millennials in the Country (PA Realtor, 2018)

State College is the One of the 15 Best Cities for New Grads (Value Penguin, 2018)

The 15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch (, 2016)

State College Named One of 10 Best Places for Entrepreneurs (Livability, 2016)

Adventure Town: State College, Pennsylvania (National Geographic, 2011)

No Stress Over Status of State College, Pa. (Psychology Today, 1988)